Su­per­fast in­ter­net is rolled out

Com­mu­nity to ben­e­fit

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

A West Loth­ian com­mu­nity now has more high- speed fi­bre broad­band.

Coun­cil­lor Lawrence Fitz­patrick and lo­cal res­i­dents of Murieston in Liv­ingston helped the Dig­i­tal Scot­land team un­veil a new street cab­i­net re­cently.

Around 90 more homes and busi­nesses in Murieston can now get con­nected to high-speed fi­bre broad­band, build­ing on ear­lier work in the area thanks to the £428m Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­per­fast Broad­band pro­gramme.

In to­tal, around 540 lo­cal premises can now or­der high-speed ser­vices.

They are among around 1000 homes and busi­nesses across Liv­ingston which are now able to ac­cess fi­bre broad­band through the Dig­i­tal Scot­land roll­out.

Other ar­eas in West Loth­ian to ben­e­fit from the roll­out, led by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, in­clude Uphall, Fauld­house, Black­ridge, Lin­lith­gow, Philip­stoun and Whit­burn as well as ad­di­tional re­cent cover­age in places like Lon­gridge. More lo­cal cover­age will fol­low as engi­neers from Open­reach – Scot­land’s dig­i­tal net­work busi­ness - con­tinue work on the ground.

Leader of West Loth­ian C o u n c i l L awre n c e Fitz­patrick said he is pleased by the roll out of the new ser­vice.

And he said it should ben­e­fit res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

He added: “The in­tro­duc­tion of su­per­fast broad­band wi l l b e wel­comed by busi­nesses and re s i d e n t s in Murieston.

“The roll­out of Su­per­fast Broad­band in Murieston has en­sured more premises have ac­cess to a fast fi­bre net­work and lots of premises are sign­ing up and be­fit­ting from the ser­vice.

“The £2.5m in­vest­ment from West Loth­ian Coun­cil has en­sured that West Loth­ian has a world class dig­i­tal in­fras­truc­ture, with one of the best lev­els of cover­age in Scot­land. This is im­por­tant as we con­tinue to mar­ket our area as a great place for busi­nesses to re­main com­pet­i­tive, grow and in­no­vate.”

Sara Budge, pro­gramme direc­tor for Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­perf a s t Broad­band, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic news that the pro­gramme has been able to ben­e­fit res­i­dents and busi­nesses in and around Liv­ingston.

“I would like to thank Coun­cil­lor Lawrence Fitz­patrick and the lo­cal res­i­dents of Murieston for join­ing us to cel­e­brate fi­bre avail­abil­ity and I am glad to see that it has been able to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

This is im­por­tant as we mar­ket our area

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